Never Eating Chives Again

I feel like it’s been forever since I gave an update. Last week totally messed me up with David’s birthda, and the 4th, but I’m back!!

Now that David (mostly) finished the dog run fence, it was time to focus on the inside area of the dog run. Our dog is super picky about where he goes potty. It’s so ridiculous how high maintenance pugs are. He goes fine in grass, but when he poops, he digs it all up. He has long claws, so the dirt or mud after the snow or rain gets stuck in his paws and then he runs around like a Tasmanian devil while we try to clean him up. It’s just too much when I also have an insane baby to chase around. In our Scoria Lane yard, we had grass and replaced it with bark chips that were easy to clean, and the dog had no issues doing his business in them.  We thought that putting some mulch in this yard will make less of a mess when he goes outside. Of course in some areas there is grass, but the main portion of his dog run is now mulch.

Let’s take it back a notch though…

The area that we planned on covering with mulch, was covered with chives. Yes, chives. So random because there is no garden there. Maybe the previous owners started a garden and didn’t maintain it, but I still don’t understand why anybody would plant so many chives. I mean the area was completely covered. It just doesn’t make sense. So obviously the first thing that David had to do was remove the darn chives. This was a lot more work than he anticipated which should’nt be a surprise to anyone.

We had to get all of the chives by the roots, but while he was working on that he noticed some old tree roots, and the sprinkler system wiring that was cut, spliced, and exposed. So after removing the tree root, digging a trench for the wires, and the burying the wires, it was time to dig out the chives. We wanted to make sure they stayed away…for good. So David sprayed the crap out of the area with some type of chemical so they won’t grow back (hopefully).

After he sprayed, he laid out some weed block, and then started to pour the mulch.  We went with black because we hope to paint our house.  We figured black would work with the colors we are debating between.  It might look weird now, but the space already looks 10x better, and we aren’t even done! There are still more areas with chives, as well as some areas where we need to plant some grass.  We really need to find a landscape architect to come help us with the ridiculous concrete situation as well.  Ah, the things we do for our pets!! If we continue to have no rain, hopefully this dog area will be complete within a week or two, and then on to the next project!

Until then, and most likely forever, I will never be eating chives again!

Our Personal Landfill Part 1

Well, this weekend had some unexpected events with the house. It’s always something.

This post is embarrassing to write, but here it goes. As you already know by now, David is a little bad at estimating how long any project will take. He thought certain rooms would be done months ago, so he was proactive and we purchased all of the materials and supplies months ago. It’s great to think ahead, but it’s not so great to fill our garage with boxes of stuff such as tools, cabinets, shelving, dry wall, more cabinets, more shelving, more boxes. You get the point.

All of this stuff has literally taken up the majority of the garage. It’s all piled in the middle. To the right of this massive pile is all of the boxes from our move that we still have yet to unpack. What should be a walkway on the other side has become our personal landfill.

This landfill in our garage is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen, it looks like a scene from hoarders I’m not even kidding. It is a safety hazard and probably so unsanitary I can’t even explain. Obviously I try not to set foot in there, or allow the kids near there.

The problem isn’t that we are nasty messy people, well maybe Dax is, but that’s another story. The problem is that we are constantly receiving boxes and packages for more reasons than I can explain, so we have more trash and empty boxes than we can keep up with on trash day. Because of all of the unopened crap in the garage, we don’t really have a place to leave all of the trash, so it’s been accumulating and piling up and up and up and up and has officially taken over the garage.

Obviously on trash day David takes as much as humanly possible out to the bins, we even signed up for a second trash day, but it still isn’t enough and we just can’t keep up.

Last week I was at my wits end with this situation. I had to load both kids into the car in the pouring rain, I needed something out of the deep freezer that I couldn’t get to. I started researching companies to just send a dumpster to get rid of all of the trash and be done with it so that I could park the car in the garage, and get to the deep freezer. The quotes I saw were astronomical, but so worth it. David disagreed though. He said he had a plan and the trash will be gone soon. Right.

Fortunately for me, I kind of sort of won this battle. We had a little incident with the garage this weekend that made David have to pause on the rest of his 27364848 projects. I’ll get to that in part two, but until then…enjoy this hot mess we have been hiding behind our garage doors. And just so you are aware, this is after David did some major cleaning in it and took out all of the cabinets and boxes. I just couldn’t possibly take a picture of what it looked like before.

Oh, and please no judging!!

Unexpected Projects

Hello hello! Dax and I are still trying to kick our colds and coughs but nothing seems to be helping. I’m really starting to wonder if we are constantly getting sick from all of the dust- although David’s healthy (knock on wood) and he’s inhaling much more dust than we are.

Anyway, our contractors didn’t show up yesterday, but apparently they will be finished with our house in two days. Still lots for David to do, but the freedom of having my house to myself during the day seems heavenly.

We had a little incident in the basement on Friday. I won’t go in to details, but let’s just say it involved our dog, his mouth, and a mouse. This freaked me out and disgusted me more than anything, so David agreed it was time for new carpet. We got a quote on Saturday and they installed it yesterday.

This is not something we planned on doing or budgeted for. In fact, we weren’t even going to touch the basement for a couple of years. But, since we knew we were getting new carpet, we decided we wanted to start completely fresh in there. We sold our giant movie theater chairs which creates so much more space. And even though David wanted to get rid of the pool table, I thought we should keep it. Especially since we have two boys who most likely will want it when they are teens! Since the chairs are gone, we quickly realized that we would have no place to sit. We promised ourselves we were done with IKEA, but who are we kidding? We ventured over there and pretty much purchased enough furniture to temporarily complete the basement until we want to buy better quality stuff. Once David has time he will be doing some IKEA hacks but until then, we will have a clean and organized basement. I can’t wait for it to be all set up!

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It’s really hard to tell in the pics but the carpet is a really pretty gray

The new carpet is making me so excited to paint these blue walls. Yikes!

Kitchen Demo

A lot has been going on lately, construction has slowed down, and some personal things going on, but the day has finally come, kitchen demo day! I have been looking forward to this since we moved here! Our kitchen wasn’t old or nasty or anything, in fact it looked like it was recently updated. The cabinets were also really high end, and the counters weren’t bad either. It was a little painful to rip it all out since we know the cabinets cost a ton of money, however the layout was just awful. Absolutely awful. We decided to make the kitchen a big pantry, but after the demo we realized the big pantry was actually a giant pantry. I would rather have more space than not enough, however we have no idea what to do in there now. I guess we could have worse problems!

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Stay tuned!

Closing Off the Kitchen

As you all know, we are building a new kitchen and are converting the old kitchen into a pantry and the old laundry room into a mudroom.  We knocked down the wall separating the old kitchen eating area from the old family room (new kitchen) which basically created one giant room.  We love the old eating area because there are such pretty bay windows, so we decided to build a wall to separate the old kitchen from the new one, but we kept the eating area in the new kitchen. Confusing, I know. Basically, we just moved a wall if that makes more sense.  This wall will separate the new kitchen from the new pantry. The wall looks great and makes the kitchen look so much more complete. I am loving the look, but am even more excited for the amount of space we will have in our new pantry.  It is going to be absolutely insane!

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Moving on Up

I am pretty sure I mentioned this before, but if not I will now.  I hate having my laundry room downstairs.  In new builds, laundry rooms are often built upstairs, so that is really all we know.  In this home, the laundry room is right off of the garage and I can’t even explain what a hassle it is.  I know, first world problems, but with 2 kids (one who poops through his clothes 238927483 times a day), and loads and loads and loads of laundry, having the laundry room in this location is just such an inconvenience.  Since this house is 5 bedrooms upstairs, we figured we would convert the smallest room into a laundry room because it really is too small to use as a bedroom.  The room was a fully paneled room which made it look dark and dated.  That was obviously the first thing to go after the carpet was ripped out.  There was some damage to the drywall under the paneling, so instead of replacing the drywall, I think we might do shiplap but we are still going back and forth on it.  I feel like I am losing sleep over these decisions more and more every week!DSC_0123DSC_0125When we decided on moving the laundry upstairs, we first thought that we would tap into the plumbing from the boys’ bathroom, but our contractor thought the washing machine and dryer should go on the other wall, so they built a false wall to make all of the plumbing work. To save some money, David will be doing the floors, cabinets, and painting.  Honestly at this point, I don’t even care what the room looks like, I just am looking forward to not walking up and down the stairs all day in between laundry loads!5458F624-1675-4F8C-BF25-4B34DB12728150C7C110-F86D-44DB-83AE-38174713C875Happy Friday, I hope you have a much more easy laundry experience this weekend than I will have!

Eli’s Big Boy Room

Since our master suite is being redone (I can hear the hammers, saws, and drills as I type this), David and I need somewhere else to sleep.  We have a fully finished basement but I refuse to sleep in there for more reasons than one.  Dax’s nursery is obviously taken, and our 5th bedroom is being converted into a laundry room.  The only two options we have are the room that Eli currently sleeps in, and the room we are making into Eli’s big boy room. Since this poor child has been sleeping in a nasty room with cardboard for blinds, we only thought it was fair to start (and finish) his big boy room so that he has somewhere peaceful and clean to sleep in.  This was supposed to solve our “where are Carly and David going to sleep” problem.

I had some health stuff go on during the past month.  I was unable to lift Dax, Eli, or pretty much anything for 10 days.  Once the 10 days were over it still really hurt (and sometimes still does) to hold my babies.  David had to take time off to help and when he went back to work we had to hire somebody to help me around the house.  Once David got home at 5, he didn’t have time to work on Eli’s room because he had to do everything around here.  That being said, up until last week, he really couldn’t get started on Eli’s new room.  He pretty much had last weekend to do it.

Here are the before pictures. Our previous owners had 4 boys, and were obviously huge Cubs fans.  Apparently they thought it was a great idea to display their love for the Cubs through their paint choices.IMG_2823We had an electrician here to do work on the nursery, so he installed the light fixture in this room before we even started redoing it.IMG_2896IMG_2824You are going to be so amazed at what this room looks like now. While it’s mostly done (by mostly I mean paint and moldings), it looks incredible and it’s truly amazing what even just a new paint color can do to change the look of a room! Oh, and incase you are wondering, since the room isn’t complete, me, David, the dog, and the cat, are sleeping in Eli’s full sized bed and Eli is still in his temporary room. Too bad we aren’t snugglers!